Boston Cricket Club scraped to victory by just four runs as they played a difficult match versus Billingborough Seconds.
Billingborough bowled first on a track that looked to offer a bit of assistance to the bowling. The disciplined bowlers made scoring very difficult.
Moore was bowled by Billingborough’s overseas signing, Botadra, for nine.
Evans started to find runs easier to come by before mistiming a shot to mid-off for 27.
The middle order, with double figures scores, Azim (17), Baxter (24), Gilding (16) and Poole (26), made starts but none could make a big score.
Boston lost wickets at regular intervals and lost their last six wickets for 24 to end their innings 144 all out off 41 overs.
Tom Baxter said: “It wasn’t our best batting display of the season by far but it was a team effort. We weren’t relying on one batsman. I thought that 180 would be a winning total.
“As a team we know that there are always going to be times when it won’t work with the bat. Billingborough bowled really well and made it very hard to score throughout the innings.”
After the interval, bowlers, Elleray and Hewitt built some pressure early on and the wicket of Hollingworth (six) from Elleray brought Boston their first after a good catch at cover from Baxter.
Elleray struck again dismissing Musson for a duck three balls later and Billingborough were 20-2.
Dave Newman partnered Steve Scott and the pair set about chasing down the total.
With the introduction of slow bowling skipper, Tom Baxter, Scott (20) was dismissed LBW and left them 44-3. Newman and ex-Boston player Chris King batted sensibly but a few bowling changes unsettled the batsmen and Newman was dismissed by Deans for 40.
Another former Boston player, Dave Gollop was dismissed by Deans bringing Billingborough to 101-5, still needing another 44.
After a 20 run partnership between King and Botadra, another good catch at cover from Baxter gave Hewitt his first well deserved wicket.
Elleray returned to the attack to pick up two quick wickets and all of a sudden, Boston were firmly back in the game.
Elleray’s two wickets were separated by a wicket for Baxter. With Elleray (4-35) and Baxter (2-23) both bowled out, Deans returned to the attack to trap Duncan (3) in front with the score on 140, leaving them 4 short of Boston’s total.
“It was a massive result today. We under performed with the bat and had to pull our finger out with the ball.”
Baxter said: “Billingborough are a very good side and to beat them is a very good effort for us. They have some very good cricketers.”
“I was pleased for Scotty today. He hasn’t picked up the wickets he has deserved so far but he got four important ones today.”
The Acorn Taxis man of the match was awarded to Scott Elleray for his 11 valuable runs at the end of the innings and his 4-35 off his 12 overs.